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  1. #16
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    That is very true, and I thank you for sharing the information with us that you do.
    Were you ever able to have that lake searched? I remember reading something about it over at Court TV...

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    Bones found are confirmed human

    This is about 40 miles from our house.

    Bones found are confirmed human
    10/7/2003 6:44 PM
    By: News 8 Austin Staff

    Travis County Medical Examiners have confirmed bones found in Southeast Austin are human.

    Police said someone found the remains Monday evening -- in a grassy area in the 4500 block of East Ben White -- about 50 yards from the roadway.

    news8austin.com

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    I read on your website that you thought it'd be a good idea to have a big name like Willy Nelson play at the 2004 concert. I think that is a fantastic idea! I can't imagine why someone like that wouldn't want to help you out. Have you tried contacting Willy Nelson directly? Maybe we could all try to find out how you can get in contact with him...
    Please keep us posted when you hear any news on the remains found near your home. In the meantime, our prayers and support are with you and your family.

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    Hello Mr Cooke,
    I spent all afternoon yesterday on your website, reading your heartbreaking story. Please know that you and your family, and especially Rachel, are in my thoughts and my prayers.

    To the rest of the kind souls on the Missing threads,
    I lurk on this thread daily, watching for updates on these sad stories. You have inspired me to search out stories on missing children and adults in my own country (Canada), to see if there is anything I can do here at home. I do not know anyone (personally) that is missing, I can only imagine the pain of the victims and the families.
    God Bless you all
    Canuck

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    I found a webpage that has contact info for Willie Nelson:
    http://www.willienelson.com/headquarters/contact.htm

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    Originally posted by Litlstar04
    I found a webpage that has contact info for Willie Nelson:
    http://www.willienelson.com/headquarters/contact.htm
    Thanks Litlstar. I hope we can get someone like Willie Nelson for the next Music for the Missing Concert in the fall of 2004. You have to organize far in advance to get someone famous.

  7. #22
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    Mr. Cooke, I've been to your site. I work with similar cases for a living and the single most important key is never give up. Be as tenacious as you were in the beginning no matter how long it takes and don't let the authorities wash their hands of your case! My heart is with you.

    www.TheRealColdCaseInvestigator.com
    www.UnresolvedHomicides.org.

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    I wanted to also post this article here that Robert Cooke posted on Sabrina Allen's thread.
    http://news8austin.com/content/top_s...asp?ArID=87747

    I've always admired you, Mr. Cooke, for all the work you do to help other families with missing people.

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    thanks Specialist and Litlstar,

    The one link about the organization for the families of the missing and murdered sounds interested. I've been saying we need a national organization like that. It needs to have the backbone to get changes made though. I'm sure so toes will get stepped on making the kinds of changes needed to make a difference.

    The organizationneeds to be something like MADD to make a difference.

  10. #25
    Mr. Cooke, first, I'd like to extend my thoughts and prayers to your family. Thank you for joining our website.

    Second, I very much agree with you. An organization like MADD or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children would be great templates for someone to follow. A national database needs to be established for missing adults.

    God bless you in your pursuit.


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    Originally posted by River
    Mr. Cooke, first, I'd like to extend my thoughts and prayers to your family. Thank you for joining our website.

    Second, I very much agree with you. An organization like MADD or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children would be great templates for someone to follow. A national database needs to be established for missing adults.

    God bless you in your pursuit.
    There is a national database for missing adults. It is funded by Kristen's law. (Modeferri)
    nmco.org

    The organization I would like started is a national organization for the families of murder victims and missing persons. The organization would cover any age victims.

    MADD was originally formed by mothers of children killed by drunk drivers and their have done an incredible job. Something like that needs to be formed for other kinds of victims and their families. Criminals have all kinds of right while victims have very few rights.

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    Post NEWS 8 Interview on M.U.S.T. self-defense seminar

    Take a free self defense class
    10/30/2003 10:48 AM
    By: News 8 Austin Staff
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    The technique isn't about kickboxing or fighting, said Southwestern University Police Chief Deborah Brown, its about being prepared.

    "It teaches you mental preparation on how to be prepared if I'm attacked going to my car this morning; how am I going to get away from that person," Brown said.

    The class teaches women how to turn their keys into a set of brass knuckles and how to evade an attacker, even if you're wearing high heels.

    "Our goal is to teach women that they can take care of themselves. It's something that women are non-aggressive by nature, it's something that they need to learn, when they're attacked it's OK to fight back," Cooke said.
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    more including a video

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    more females trained

    Our instructor, Deborah Brown, taught 110 more women and teens in self-defense and awareness. The audience ranged from 12 years old to some over 70 years old.



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    Thanks for the updates Mr. Cooke...

    It is great to hear these women being taught self defense.

    The National database you want to start for victims and families sounds like a great idea..

    Let us know if there is anything we might be able to do.

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    Mr. Cooke, My previous thoughts when we were on the other server that Litlstar is talking about was exploring the serial killer angle. Possibly because I kept reading about many different cases involving serial killers in TX so maybe that was what was influencing my thoughts. As you say, the likely suspects though are people who knew the victim in some capacity. So I'd like to ask you some questions, and I know you can not be specific.

    In a roundabout way, can you tell us whether there are actual suspects who knew Rachel personally? Do you just mean someone who may have known her only as an acquaintance? A stalker-type of person who may have become familiar with her through her job? Are there any good leads at this point? Or are things at a standstill? How many potential suspects were there at the beginning? And, have any of those people been successfully eliminated or narrowed down since that time?

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